Why do we have tanks?

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  1. Talking to a friend of mine (Ex RM) why we have tanks in the British Army?
    We came to the conclusion:

    a) Difficult to transport to theatre and maintain once there
    b) Expensive
    c) Not that effective in urban environments
    d) Any 'Tank targets' can be better handled by helicopters
    e) Attract fire
    f) 'Hearts and minds' disaster
    g) Potential for kidnapping and PR disaster

    We came to the conclusion that we use them because we have them and can't really be seen not to use them.

    This is the result of a chat between two people who have never actually been anywhere near tanks, so please excuse the ignorance, however, I'd be interested to hear any views.
  2. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    WE have them so we can keep tankies in them, I mean can you imagine letting them loose in the rest of the army? It would be a fcuking disaster their not fit for civalized company and need to be kept locked up in them there big tin cans. :)
  3. They stop the water slumping into large disorderly puddles.

  4. Kept the steel industry going for a while.
  5. Wasn't the Hind called the 'Tank of the Air' or somesuch?
  6. Been done before

    We have them because fighting the last war is a very bad idea; Terry might not have armour but Iran does...

    Edited to add:

    Except we don't have all that many attack helos, Hellfire is very expensive and helos can't hang around as long on one tank of fuel as a tank.

    Longbow = £27million

    Challenger 2 = £3.5million
  7. They make great bullet magnets, which helps the infanteers along side them do their job with less grief.
  8. a) True
    b) Compared to what? 1 MBT is about 1/15 of an attack helicopter (project cost per Helo in service)
    c) 120mm HE and protected mobility is very effective when employed as part of combined arms
    d) As long as the helos are there and able to see the target and there isn't much of an anti-air threat.
    e) While the enemy doesn't bother firing at APCs, infantry or helicopters?
    f) Whether you are interested on 'Hearts and Minds' or not depends very much on the situation. Sometimes it doesn't matter, sometimes winning or holding ground is alot more important to hearts and minds than ripping up a road
    g) Unlike anything else?
  9. Enemies do not like them. And they even turn up when it is windy, rainy and low cloud. Unlike AH. And you get 14 in one go if you need them.
  10. Because nothing says stop like 60 tons. x
  11. chrisg46

    chrisg46 LE Book Reviewer

    They make a rather reassuring Boom...
  12. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    Now wouldn't that ruin someones day 14C2's tipping up at once.
  13. But at least we have the Challenger Two on our side!
    rather it that way to be honest fella's
  14. It would ruin the REME’s Day if anyone was mad enough to try it. FRT’s all over the place 8O
  15. Cause helicopter gunships aren't invulnerable to ground fire...

    Cause a tank in theatre doesn't need to fly for half and hour to be combat effective

    Cause the main gun is useful for supporting infantry

    RM's are light (sorry, commando) infantry. Ask the same question to an armoured infantryman...